TEHRAN (defapress) - Saudi Arabia has responded to the Syrian opposition’s request to hold a meeting in Riyadh from November 22nd to the 24th, media reports said.
News ID: 66997
Publish Date: 14November 2017 - 15:34
According to a report by SPA news agency, talks set for
November 22-24 aim "to bring its parties and platforms closer together and
unite its negotiating delegation to resume direct negotiations in Geneva under
the auspices of the UN.”
Saudi Arabia backs a grouping of opposition figures called the
High Negotiations Committee (HNC) led by Riyad Hijab, a former Syrian prime
minister under Assad. The HNC has represented the Syrian opposition at previous
In August, representatives of the Syrian opposition met in
the Saudi capital to prepare for peace talks in Geneva. The Saudi-backed
opposition High Negotiations Committee began discussions with delegations from
two other moderate camps, the Cairo and Moscow groupings, in a bid to reach
consensus on negotiations. The meeting ended in stalemate.
After hosting seven rounds of largely unsuccessful talks, UN
Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is trying to unify the opposition for new round
of negotiations in November 28.
However, Turkey and Iran, along with Russia, are the brokers
for the Astana peace talks which has led to establishment of four de-escalation
zones in the war-torn country.
It is for more than seven years that Syria is entangled in a
war with foreign sponsored Takfiri terrorists. The US and Saudi Arabia are
major supporters of terrorist groups and are providing themwith intelligence, training, weapon and